Our team

We bring together experienced people in the areas of business development, financial advice, legal advice and human resources and are prepared to meet any performance challenges of your companies and teams.

Management Team

Adela Cristea

Managing Partner & Founder Ascent Group

Adela Cristea

Managing Partner & Founder Ascent Group

Adela Cristea is the managing partner of the Ascent Group and also the founder of the group of companies. Adela's experience has been accumulated over 20+ years, especially in management and human resources, in multinational companies such as Unilever or International Resources, as well as from a consultant position, in Archimedes Consulting Group and Ascent Group, as well as from that of an University Lecturer.

Throughout these years, Adela has been involved in numerous start-up business projects, enterprise restructuring processes, labour conflict mediation and training projects, for multinational corporations and local companies in various fields of activity, both in Romania and abroad. Since 2017 Adela is the co-founder of Design Thinkers Academy Eastern Europe, contributing to the development of the company in more than 20 countries in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Central Asia.

Marcel Chișcan

Managing Partner Ascent Group

Marcel Chișcan

Managing Partner Ascent Group

His 30-year professional experience combines a wide range of fields of activity, from local public administration to sales and advertising, manufacturing or logistics and transport. Over the years Marcel has been in management positions for both SME's and local public administration, industrial projects or in the management of logistics and transport companies, as well as in the board of public or private companies.

Over the last 15 years its managerial and entrepreneurial experience has been enriched by numerous consultancy projects for start-ups and for business development/restructuring, combining the assistance with training activities, in particular on the topics such as Leadership and management, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Strategic planning and strategic thinking, Negotiation skills, Sales techniques and Customer care, Communication skills or Time Management.

Renata Ban

Financial Manager Ascent Group

Renata Ban

Financial Manager Ascent Group

At the professional level Renata has 20 years of experience in accounting finance, in the financial departments of local or multinational companies (Arconta, Porta Doors, Magontec, Takata, Leoni) and in financial and accounting consultancy with Ascent Group. All these years she has been involved in numerous consultancy projects, both for local and multinational companies, in various fields of activity: automotive, manufacturing, it, agriculture, trade, services.

Since 2012 Renata becomes Senior Partner in Ascent Finance, a company specialized in financial and accounting services within the Ascent Group. Over the last years, thanks to her consistent professional knowledge combined with very good communication skills, Renata has also become a very good trainer on financial issues, mainly in training programs of Finance for Non-financials, efficient use of Ciel accounting program, personalized consultancy, etc.

Florina Băbău

HR Manager Ascent Group

Florina Băbău

HR Manager Ascent Group

Florina is a graduate of the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the West University of Timisoara and has numerous certifications in the field of management and human resources. At the professional level, Florina has over 15 years professional experience as human resources manager, project manager, implementation and process improvements, projects with European funds, organization of motivational events, assessment and personnel development, for both multinational and Romanian companies.

Since 2019 Florina became HR Manager within Ascent Group, coordinating the group's human resources activities and projects at national level. Last but not least, Florina is also an experienced trainer in soft skills and team building programs.

Cristina Fășie

Training Manager

Cristina Fășie

Training Manager

Cristina has joined Ascent Group in 2022, thanks to cumulated expertise in the non-profit and business sectors. As a graduate of Communication Science programs at the “University of the West” in Timișoara, Cristina has gained professional ground first in the private sector, working as a project manager (and beyond) within “Youth in Action” and “Erasmus+” (European Commission-funded) projects. She has coordinated international teams and collaborated with both local and cross-continental stakeholders.

5 years into her NGO activity, Cristina expanded her management skills by transitioning to the corporate area. To her previous roles as manager she added People Development Coordinator for a multinational company in the automotive industry.

In her work, she’s become trained/certified on a multitude of topics from the soft skills complex, ranging from communication and conflict management to emotional intelligence and personal development.

Adina Almăjanu

Office Manager - Bucharest

Adina Almăjanu

Office Manager - Bucharest

Professionally, Adina's experience comes mainly from the human resources and training field, being for many years a trainer and project coordinator in international youth programs (e.g.: Erasmus), or trainer and human resources consultant in national and international projects, for private companies and NGOs.

Adina is currently Ascent Group's Office Manager. in Bucharest, but also an HR specialist & trainer of the Ascent Group, with experience both as a trainer in programs to develop presentation and communication skills, develop leadership skills, build and develop the team, team building, or design thinking capabilities, for local and multinational companies. Not last she was the coordinator of numerous personnel development programs and assessment centers for prestigious companies.

Liliana Savin

Managing Partner - North-East Region

Liliana Savin

Managing Partner - North-East Region

Liliana's professional experience includes over 18 years of experience in human resources, training & management in companies with up to 1500 employees, such as: FiberxNylon, Yarcea – Radici Group, Rompetrol Petromidia, Pamac, Penny Market - Rewe Group, Vard Tulcea, Vard Braila – Fincancieri. Throughout her career, in addition to the years of experience as a Human Resources Manager, Liliana was also a legal Advisor in Trade and Labor Law, Commercial Manager and Deputy Director General.

Liliana has combined management experience in large companies with consultancy and trainer experience in projects of human resources and management, people development, soft & technical skills, communication & project management. Since 2019 Liliana has joined the Ascent Group team as managing partner for the North-East of Romania, contributing to the development of the group of companies at national level.

Financial Services

Renata Ban

Financial Manager Ascent Group

Renata Ban

Financial Manager Ascent Group

At the professional level Renata has 20 years of experience in accounting finance, in the financial departments of local or multinational companies (Arconta, Porta Doors, Magontec, Takata, Leoni) and in financial and accounting consultancy with Ascent Group. All these years she has been involved in numerous consultancy projects, both for local and multinational companies, in various fields of activity: automotive, manufacturing, it, agriculture, trade, services.

Since 2012 Renata becomes Senior Partner in Ascent Finance, a company specialized in financial and accounting services within the Ascent Group. Over the last years, thanks to her consistent professional knowledge combined with very good communication skills, Renata has also become a very good trainer on financial issues, mainly in training programs of Finance for Non-financials, efficient use of Ciel accounting program, personalized consultancy, etc.

Ana Pălimaru

Senior Financial Consultant

Ana Pălimaru

Senior Financial Consultant

Ana has been an accounting expert for over 15 years, and her experience within the larger financial-accounting area reaches over 20 years. She has worked in the financial departments of Romanian local companies, as well as in multi-national corporations encountering a varied assortment of activity areas (ranging from production to manufacturing and beyond).

Throughout her career, she has consolidated her knowledge and skillset thanks to a number of training courses aimed at her particular area of work, including that for Human Resources Inspector.

On a personal note, Ana has a well developed interest in epigenetic studies, neuroscience, which, combined with a robust self-awareness and interpersonal skills bring remarkable value to the multi-disciplinary team of Ascent Group.

Alina Isac

Financial Consultant

Alina Isac

Financial Consultant

Alina is a graduate of Banking and Finance at the Faculty of Economics of the Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad and of a Master in Accounting and Enterprise Management at the same university. At the professional level, Alina has 23 years of experience in the financial and accounting field, in the financial departments of local or multinational companies (Constar, Ascent Group, Leoni), and in financial and accounting consultancy with Ascent Finance.

Since 2005, Alina has become an Economic Director in Ascent Finance, the financial-accounting subsidiary of Ascent Group, and over the years has managed a complex portfolio of companies in different fields of activity and has been involved in numerous financial audit projects or accounting expertise.

Dorina Damean

Financial Consultant

Dorina Damean

Financial Consultant

Dorina is a graduate of Accounting and IT Management at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, and has participated in numerous courses and specializations in the financial and accounting field over the years. Dorina proficiently uses the Ciel, Saga, Contab SQL accounting programs, as well as the MS Office software package.

Dorina has 17 years of experience in accounting and finance, in the financial departments of local companies and in financial consultancy with Ascent Group. Since 2014, she has become a financial consultant within Ascent Group, where she professionally manages a broad portfolio of clients with different activities, offering solutions, support and consultancy in the financial and accounting field.

Elena Ciuma

Financial Consultant

Elena Ciuma

Financial Consultant

Elena is a graduate of the Economic Science Department of the “Aurel Vlaicu” University in Arad. Her major was in “Accounting and Financial Administration Software”, followed up with a master degree in “Financial Accounting Management of Companies”.

Professionally, Elena has been active in the financial-accounting area for 14 years. She joined Ascent in 2014, as a financial consultant of the group. From this role she ensures accounting services for a portfolio of clients of the Ascent Group.

HR Services

Florina Băbău

HR Manager Ascent Group

Florina Băbău

HR Manager Ascent Group

Florina is a graduate of the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the West University of Timisoara and has numerous certifications in the field of management and human resources. At the professional level, Florina has over 15 years professional experience as human resources manager, project manager, implementation and process improvements, projects with European funds, organization of motivational events, assessment and personnel development, for both multinational and Romanian companies.

Since 2019 Florina became HR Manager within Ascent Group, coordinating the group's human resources activities and projects at national level. Last but not least, Florina is also an experienced trainer in soft skills and team building programs.

Adina Almăjanu

Office Manager - Bucharest

Adina Almăjanu

Office Manager - Bucharest

Professionally, Adina's experience comes mainly from the human resources and training field, being for many years a trainer and project coordinator in international youth programs (e.g.: Erasmus), or trainer and human resources consultant in national and international projects, for private companies and NGOs.

Adina is currently Ascent Group's Office Manager. in Bucharest, but also an HR specialist & trainer of the Ascent Group, with experience both as a trainer in programs to develop presentation and communication skills, develop leadership skills, build and develop the team, team building, or design thinking capabilities, for local and multinational companies. Not last she was the coordinator of numerous personnel development programs and assessment centers for prestigious companies.

Liliana Savin

Managing Partner - North-East Region

Liliana Savin

Managing Partner - North-East Region

Liliana's professional experience includes over 18 years of experience in human resources, training & management in companies with up to 1500 employees, such as: FiberxNylon, Yarcea – Radici Group, Rompetrol Petromidia, Pamac, Penny Market - Rewe Group, Vard Tulcea, Vard Braila – Fincancieri. Throughout her career, in addition to the years of experience as a Human Resources Manager, Liliana was also a legal Advisor in Trade and Labor Law, Commercial Manager and Deputy Director General.

Liliana has combined management experience in large companies with consultancy and trainer experience in projects of human resources and management, people development, soft & technical skills, communication & project management. Since 2019 Liliana has joined the Ascent Group team as managing partner for the North-East of Romania, contributing to the development of the group of companies at national level.

Daniela Cuha

Payroll & Admin Manager

Daniela Cuha

Payroll & Admin Manager

Over the years, Daniela has followed courses and specializations in the field of humanities and social sciences, among which a Human Resources Inspector course accredited by the National Authority for Qualifications and the Pedagogy course at the Aurel Vlaicu University, etc. She is an ambitious person and has the capacity to act in a balanced and calm and objective manner.

Professionally, Daniela has more than 10 years of experience in the field of human resources, gaining experience both in government institutions and the private sector. Over the years, she has been involved in many different consultancy projects, such as the evaluation and development of plans to improve the activities of various companies, and has actively participated in workshops to evaluate client companies.

Sorin Herman

Human Resources Specialist

Sorin Herman

Human Resources Specialist

Sorin is a graduate of Accounting and IT Management at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, and of a Master in Management at the same university.

Professionally, Sorin's experience comes mainly from the human resources, salaries and staff administration fields, with over 15 years of experience, during which he managed tens of companies with hundreds of employees, that varied in their fields of activity. Sorin is also a human resources inspector.

Iulia Blaj

Junior Recruiter

Iulia Blaj

Junior Recruiter

Iulia is a graduate of Communication Sciences with the Politehnica University in Timișoara, with a bachelor in “Communication studies & Public Relations”. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in “Communication studies in business” within the same department. Throughout her undergraduate years, she coordinated the financial department of the Students’ League, with a distinct involvement with fundraising. She was also part of an organisation team offering support for local and international events for her colleagues, as well as for Erasmus students from abroad.

Iulia’s experience in the Human Resources department has reached the 1-year mark; her activity prior to working in Ascent Group has been that of a recruitment intern with a renown automotive company in the region. She is persistent, thus her joining the Ascent Group team is a step forward in consolidating her professional skills, and her cheerful and optimistic tone are a welcome complement to our recruiting processes.

Alexandra Ristin

Assistant Manager

Alexandra Ristin

Assistant Manager

Alexandra is a graduate of Computer Science at the Faculty of Exact Sciences of the Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, and of a Master in Informatics Applied in Science, Technology and Economy. In the second academic year of her Bachelor studies, Alexandra also followed an international training program, namely an Erasmus study grant at the Miguel Torga Higher Institute in Coimbra, Portugal.

Professionally, Alexandra began her experience in the IT field, but after 3 years, she turned to her second passion, human resources. Alexandra has been Assistant Manager at Ascent Group for more than half a year, having had the opportunity to become acquainted with the HR environment from the very beginning. In her role, she is already involved in projects in different areas of human resources.

Legal

Marcel Chișcan

Managing Partner Ascent Group

Marcel Chișcan

Managing Partner Ascent Group

His 30-year professional experience combines a wide range of fields of activity, from local public administration to sales and advertising, manufacturing or logistics and transport. Over the years Marcel has been in management positions for both SME's and local public administration, industrial projects or in the management of logistics and transport companies, as well as in the board of public or private companies.

Over the last 15 years its managerial and entrepreneurial experience has been enriched by numerous consultancy projects for start-ups and for business development/restructuring, combining the assistance with training activities, in particular on the topics such as Leadership and management, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Strategic planning and strategic thinking, Negotiation skills, Sales techniques and Customer care, Communication skills or Time Management.

Bianca Druc

Laywer

Bianca Druc

Laywer

Bianca has a 19-years experience as a lawyer, being a Member of the Bucharest Bar since 2001. She started working as a lawyer specialized in the field of criminal law, providing legal assistance and representation services in criminal disputes. In parallel, she started to expand its professional competence in civil, administrative and commercial matters, providing legal advice and representation in disputes in this area.

For 10 years she was involved, through collaboration with an ONG., in giving legal advice to owners associations, as well as being part of the team of trainers who support training courses for administrators of condominiums. Bianca joined the Ascent Group team in 2008, offering legal advice and litigation services. Her area of competence is commercial law, company law, administrative law, civil law, tax law, labor law.

Reliana Groza

Legal consultant

Reliana Groza

Legal consultant

Reliana is a graduate of the Faculty of Law within the West University Timisoara and of a Master in Insolvency and Bankruptcy proceedings at the Faculty of Law within Vasile Goldis University Arad. At professional level Reliana has 17 years of legal experience in the field of company law, in the legal department of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Arad county, assistant in commercial arbitration within the Arbitratin Comitee of Arad, Legal consultant within the Ascent Group and legal consultant for several local and national companies, with Romanian or foreign capital.

All over these years she has been involved in numerous consultancy and audit projects, both for local and multinational companies, in various fields of activity: automotive, manufacturing, it, agriculture, trade, services.

Training

Cristina Fășie

Training Manager

Cristina Fășie

Training Manager

Cristina has joined Ascent Group in 2022, thanks to cumulated expertise in the non-profit and business sectors. As a graduate of Communication Science programs at the “University of the West” in Timișoara, Cristina has gained professional ground first in the private sector, working as a project manager (and beyond) within “Youth in Action” and “Erasmus+” (European Commission-funded) projects. She has coordinated international teams and collaborated with both local and cross-continental stakeholders.

5 years into her NGO activity, Cristina expanded her management skills by transitioning to the corporate area. To her previous roles as manager she added People Development Coordinator for a multinational company in the automotive industry.

In her work, she’s become trained/certified on a multitude of topics from the soft skills complex, ranging from communication and conflict management to emotional intelligence and personal development.

Adela Cristea

Managing Partner & Founder Ascent Group

Adela Cristea

Managing Partner & Founder Ascent Group

Adela Cristea is the managing partner of the Ascent Group and also the founder of the group of companies. Adela's experience has been accumulated over 20+ years, especially in management and human resources, in multinational companies such as Unilever or International Resources, as well as from a consultant position, in Archimedes Consulting Group and Ascent Group, as well as from that of an University Lecturer.

Throughout these years, Adela has been involved in numerous start-up business projects, enterprise restructuring processes, labour conflict mediation and training projects, for multinational corporations and local companies in various fields of activity, both in Romania and abroad. Since 2017 Adela is the co-founder of Design Thinkers Academy Eastern Europe, contributing to the development of the company in more than 20 countries in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Central Asia.

Adina Almăjanu

Office Manager - Bucharest

Adina Almăjanu

Office Manager - Bucharest

Professionally, Adina's experience comes mainly from the human resources and training field, being for many years a trainer and project coordinator in international youth programs (e.g.: Erasmus), or trainer and human resources consultant in national and international projects, for private companies and NGOs.

Adina is currently Ascent Group's Office Manager. in Bucharest, but also an HR specialist & trainer of the Ascent Group, with experience both as a trainer in programs to develop presentation and communication skills, develop leadership skills, build and develop the team, team building, or design thinking capabilities, for local and multinational companies. Not last she was the coordinator of numerous personnel development programs and assessment centers for prestigious companies.

Lia Bejenaru

Senior Partner Ascent Group

Lia Bejenaru

Senior Partner Ascent Group

From a professional point of view, Lia's experience is a multidisciplinary one, both in public administration, in the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, and in project management within the European Center for Bessarabia, of SME's Union - Brussels, respectively in collaboration with the foundations of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), Robert Schuman Foundation, Eduardo-Feri Foundation and USAID.

In the private sector, Lia has been active for several years as financial manager of the NRG Interactive Group followed by a career in the field of public communication and media as prime-time news presenter at Publika TV, news editor, reporter and special correspondent at international events. The journalistic activity has been intertwined with the one as consultant, trainer and manager within the Ascent Group, in Romania and the Republic of Moldova, with Lia coordinating the Ascent Group's office in Chisinau for over 15 years.

Diana Simion

Senior Trainer

Diana Simion

Senior Trainer

With a background in academic and marketing research, Diana has a Ph.D. in Communication Studies and significant experience as a facilitator in Design Thinking projects, as well as with brand consulting.

Her inter-disciplinary awareness and curiosity to explore and connect people from various areas of activity have made her activity, over the last 15 years, revolve around organisational consulting and diagnose, soft skills and personal development trainings, brand consulting, marketing research, Design Thinking, customer & employee experience, communication and marketing.

Diana is a relentless explorer, who, whether online or in class, building on the relevance and clarity of her content, engages with participants as a highly empathetic and playful trainer, enabling a unique learning experience for them, one in which not only their curiosity will be catered to, but one in which good cheer and smiles are a natural byproduct, too.

Florina Băbău

HR Manager Ascent Group

Florina Băbău

HR Manager Ascent Group

Florina is a graduate of the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the West University of Timisoara and has numerous certifications in the field of management and human resources. At the professional level, Florina has over 15 years professional experience as human resources manager, project manager, implementation and process improvements, projects with European funds, organization of motivational events, assessment and personnel development, for both multinational and Romanian companies.

Since 2019 Florina became HR Manager within Ascent Group, coordinating the group's human resources activities and projects at national level. Last but not least, Florina is also an experienced trainer in soft skills and team building programs.

Dan Codre

Trainer

Dan Codre

Trainer

Dan Codre is one of Ascent Group's trainers. His experience can be characterized as a very varied one. For two years he was a professor of history in a public school in Romania, then served for 10 years in television, half of which he spent as a correspondent reporter for Digi24 HD news. He was hired as adviser in the Romanian Senate and in the Arad County Council, where he worked for the president of the institution.

In recent years, Dan has been a trainer in tour guide programs at the Alternative Tourism School of the Association for Alternative Tourism, and he is also an experienced guide. His belief is that everyone can learn anything, anywhere, anytime. He works every day to convince those around him that this is really possible!

Liliana Savin

Managing Partner - North-East Region

Liliana Savin

Managing Partner - North-East Region

Liliana's professional experience includes over 18 years of experience in human resources, training & management in companies with up to 1500 employees, such as: FiberxNylon, Yarcea – Radici Group, Rompetrol Petromidia, Pamac, Penny Market - Rewe Group, Vard Tulcea, Vard Braila – Fincancieri. Throughout her career, in addition to the years of experience as a Human Resources Manager, Liliana was also a legal Advisor in Trade and Labor Law, Commercial Manager and Deputy Director General.

Liliana has combined management experience in large companies with consultancy and trainer experience in projects of human resources and management, people development, soft & technical skills, communication & project management. Since 2019 Liliana has joined the Ascent Group team as managing partner for the North-East of Romania, contributing to the development of the group of companies at national level.

Marcel Chișcan

Managing Partner Ascent Group

Marcel Chișcan

Managing Partner Ascent Group

His 30-year professional experience combines a wide range of fields of activity, from local public administration to sales and advertising, manufacturing or logistics and transport. Over the years Marcel has been in management positions for both SME's and local public administration, industrial projects or in the management of logistics and transport companies, as well as in the board of public or private companies.

Over the last 15 years its managerial and entrepreneurial experience has been enriched by numerous consultancy projects for start-ups and for business development/restructuring, combining the assistance with training activities, in particular on the topics such as Leadership and management, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Strategic planning and strategic thinking, Negotiation skills, Sales techniques and Customer care, Communication skills or Time Management.

Renata Ban

Financial Manager Ascent Group

Renata Ban

Financial Manager Ascent Group

At the professional level Renata has 20 years of experience in accounting finance, in the financial departments of local or multinational companies (Arconta, Porta Doors, Magontec, Takata, Leoni) and in financial and accounting consultancy with Ascent Group. All these years she has been involved in numerous consultancy projects, both for local and multinational companies, in various fields of activity: automotive, manufacturing, it, agriculture, trade, services.

Since 2012 Renata becomes Senior Partner in Ascent Finance, a company specialized in financial and accounting services within the Ascent Group. Over the last years, thanks to her consistent professional knowledge combined with very good communication skills, Renata has also become a very good trainer on financial issues, mainly in training programs of Finance for Non-financials, efficient use of Ciel accounting program, personalized consultancy, etc.

Office support

Alexandra Ristin

Assistant Manager

Alexandra Ristin

Assistant Manager

Alexandra is a graduate of Computer Science at the Faculty of Exact Sciences of the Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, and of a Master in Informatics Applied in Science, Technology and Economy. In the second academic year of her Bachelor studies, Alexandra also followed an international training program, namely an Erasmus study grant at the Miguel Torga Higher Institute in Coimbra, Portugal.

Professionally, Alexandra began her experience in the IT field, but after 3 years, she turned to her second passion, human resources. Alexandra has been Assistant Manager at Ascent Group for more than half a year, having had the opportunity to become acquainted with the HR environment from the very beginning. In her role, she is already involved in projects in different areas of human resources.

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